Everton forward Yannick Bolasie shortlisted for prestigious award

Everton's Yannick Bolasie celebrates scoring their third goal

The former Crystal Palace forward has made the 30-man shortlist for the 2016 African Footballer of the Year Award.

Everton midfielder Yannick Bolasie has been rewarded for an impressive start to life with his new club by making the shortlist for the 2016 African Football of the Year Award.

The eccentric DR Congo international moved to Goodison Park from Crystal Palace for a reported £25million fee (as per BBC) this August in one of the summer's biggest transfer moves and he has since gone on to make seven Premier League appearances for the Toffees; with Ronald Koeman's sixth placed side enjoying their best start to a campaign for over a decade.

Bolasie's mazy dribbling and undeviating attacking intent has been a major factor in Everton's early season success and the endearing 27-year-old, who has already registered four assists, has swiftly emerged as a firm fan favourite amongst the Toffees' faithful as a result of his intrepid displays.

The Everton man, who was also eligible to represent England and France at international level, currently boasts 30 caps and six goals for DR Congo since making his debut for The Leopards in March, 2013, and his eye-catching form for both club and country has propelled him onto the 30-man shortlist for this year's prestigious African Footballer of the Year Award.

Bolasie faces stern competition for the award, with the star-studded shortlist featuring elite European superstars such as Borussia Dortmund striker Pïerre-Emerick Aubameyang, Roma winger Mohamed Salah, Manchester United defender Eric Bailly, Leicester City forward Riyad Mahrez, and nine other Premier League stars.

However, being nominated alongside such esteemed company will be a major boost to Bolasie's confidence, as the forward looks to build upon an auspicious start to his Goodison Park career by helping the ambitious Toffees in their quest for European football.

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